I dunno. I must be getting old. About a month ago, I started to feel it. Whenever I came back from a bike ride, I felt great. I stretched, showered, and changed, then sat down — maybe for a meal, maybe to watch a little TV, maybe to noodle on this blog.
And when I stood up again — Yow! My left hip hurt like a sonuvagun.
It didn’t take long to get rid of the pain. I just walked it off, stepping around the house or outside a bit. But it persisted. Whenever I sat down for any length of time, I could count on the ache — soreness –hurt — when I got up again.
I was at the doctor’s on a routine visit, when I brought it up. “Could be arthritis,” was the guess. “Take anti-inflammatories — Aleve, Ibuprofen.”
“What about glucosamine-chondroitin?” I asked.
“Well, that might work,” she said. “Try it if you want. Some people say it’s good.”
My wife is one of those who do. But I haven’t gone that route yet. In fact, I’ve noticed the pain isn’t as bad lately. Partly, that’s because the Aleve really works well.
“You took two Aleve?” asked my wife, incredulous. “The dose is only one.”
“Yeah, worked good,” I said. “Rode the bike for two hours, and I haven’t felt any soreness all day.”
Well, it’s not all gone yet. I still get a twinge when I stand. But all I need to do is walk down the hall, and it shakes out. I think I won’t panic for the time being.